Anyone out their have a cane corso? I have a 10 month old and am considering adding another dog to mix but am unsure if this is a good idea and if a female or male would be better. He is a neutered male who gets to the dog park almost everyday and is very well socialized and shows no aggression. I just want to know if typically they are better in a one dog house or if they adapt and what is optimal for them.
He also suffers from separation anxiety which is common for the breed and we thought a buddy would help when we go to work. We give him plenty of exercise so this is not the issue.
I'm not sure that buying another dog is the best way to overcome his seperation anxiety,because he really wants to be with you, and would advise you to really work on that. If you were to get another dog, I'd suggest a female, sturdy enough not to be flattened by your big dog, but not too large.I would also get a dog from a shelter.
You know what? I wouldn't advise adding another dog to the mix. When I got Melvin, Zoe's obedience was pretty much up to snuff. She was a help with him. If she hadn't been trained, I think I would have found it very overwhelming adding another dog to the mix. Hope that makes sense. Read all you can on separation anxiety. Really look into it and I am sure you will find some answers that you never thought of. Go see a behaviorist or trainer. Good luck !
Hi there, Thanks for the replies to my ad about the cane corso. We have researched separation anxiety and even tried to desensitize him by leaving for 5 muinutes, coming back, leaving for 10 minutes coming back ect...
We looked after a friends dog for three weeks during the summer and he seemed better when we left and came back but since she left he went back to square one. Square one means he literally does not touch his food or water if we are not home and was barking non-stop. He never barks when we are home and the breed is not know for barking. We did get him a shock collar for barking and it solved that problem after one day. Now we put it on him but not turned on and it works wonderfully. BTW, we tried other non-barking products first before resorting to this one and only did so because our neighbor was getting upset.
He is a well behaved dog at 10 months but would like him to take a chill pill when we are gone. During his neuter the vet clinic said they had NEVER seen a dog so upset in the crate after his surgery from being left alone.
My problem is not with him being destructive or barking now, i just would like him to be happier alone and was wondering what peoples opinions are this breed specifically and adding another dog. At the dog park he does not seem to play at all with the female so i don't know if that is any indication about wether he would enjoy a female companion. On the other hand, a lot of the male dogs are put off with his side and actually snap at him. He just gives them a look and walks away!
Thanks again and i am impressed with everyones lack of rudeness or judgement:)
The dog that you were caring for was an adult that has no separation anxiety, which is what would have helped calm your dog down, getting a pup would probably not have the same effect IMO. I think the pup would pick up on your dogs attitude and gain the same issues, because pups tend not to lay down and ignore the fact that you are gone, like the older dog did.
With a breed like the Cane Corso, 10 months is nowhere near grown. JMO, but adding another dog now could seriously compromise his training and cause even more behavior problems. Most of the Rottie(my breed) "experts" recommend waiting until the first dog is 2-3 years of age. I would think that would be good advice for a Cane Corso as well. Has your dog ever been to a formal obedience class? Working on obedience can help with confidence issues.
hi again, My Corso has been to obedience and did well. I know that every owner must think that but it is true! He has had no behavioral issues other then intense anxiety when left alone. I come home and he is literally wimpering and whining and spraying pee everywhere as he is wiggling around with anxious excitement. We went with the trainers advice and minimized our reaction to him when we came home so now we tell him to go pee and ignore him for a few minutes until he calms down with an occasional pat on the head.
Perhaps this is just who he is? This actually falls under the breed description so it is a common enough problem to be this well known. as we did not get him from a breeder (rescue) i am at a loss of information. We have tried the basics. It seems that all of you dog owners with experience have suggested not getting another dog so i think that i will wait on this as i do not want to compound the problem.
Any advice on actually addressing the anxiety issue? I have googled it so i am looking for more personal experience then what i can find on-line as we have tried a couple things already to no avail.
I am a breeder, and my personal opinion is that if you must leave your dog alone all day due to work, he should have a buddy. I breed Bostons, and they crave playing so much that many of my repeat buyers have told me it's the best thing they ever did for their dog. Now, if you have consulted with a behaviourist, trained your dog in obedience and generally done everything possible to try and meet his needs, the only thing left is to stay home with him. That's not possible; so I do recommend getting another dog.
I'm a CC owner. I think a female would probably work better but many times males get along great.
I would probably wait until he is a little older before adding another dog. I don't think adding another dog would be a problem, most are pretty dog social and love to play. You might look into rescue to get an older female friend for him. One that is calm, doesn't have SA herself, and with some OB training already.
My husband and I are expecting a baby and my CP has been the baby since I got him 3 years ago. To help him adjust before the baby gets here I got my husband a APBT puppy. My dog took right up with her and they both get along great. His breed isn't suppose to accept strange dogs, yet he did. With this said, though, he is a very balanced dog that doesn't suffer from SA. I would think that if you do get a dog, like they said, an older calmer female would probably be just the ticket. Good luck to you and your little (or not so little) one.